Mary is a cultural anthropologist with a prior career in book publishing who joined the World Humanities Report in July 2020. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on the legal and social controversies around the mass digitization of books. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she studied English and Classics. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of California, and the University of Wisconsin. Prior to becoming an anthropologist, Mary worked as an acquisitions editor at Princeton University Press for 14 years. From 2016-2019 she served on the Editorial Committee of the University of Wisconsin Press and also has served on the Advisory Boards of Libraria and Project Muse. She is currently an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.